Carlo Ancelotti turns attention to Manchester United

Carlo Ancelotti watched Chelsea cruise to the win at FC Copenhagen they so desperately needed before telling his players: "Now go and beat Manchester United".

Confidence soars at Copenhagen for tilt at Chelsea

Spirits are high at Scandinavia's new force with their players feeling the English champions are there for the taking tonight

Ancelotti trusts in 'better' Torres to bring an end to 'bad moments'

Not for the want of trying, Carlo Ancelotti sometimes grasps for the right English phrase to express his feelings and finds himself empty-handed. His description of his club's three-month slump as a "bad moment" is one such example. But when the Chelsea manager attempted to convey his sense of determination yesterday he managed an appropriately dramatic rallying for a particularly bleak time.

Jesper Gronkjaer: The winger who scored Chelsea's £1bn goal

The Abramovich era is stuttering but the man who launched it, and who plays against his old club tomorrow, tells Mark Fleming about the early days

Torres moved 'to play in Champions League'

Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea from Liverpool to avoid the torture of having to watch another round of Champions League matches on the television, according to the Spain striker's international team-mate David Villa.

Carlo Ancelotti plays down importance of Manchester United clash

Carlo Ancelotti today insisted Chelsea's Barclays Premier League title challenge would not be killed off by a defeat to Manchester United this weekend.

Champions League: Team-by-team guide

Following the draw for the last-16 of the Champions League, we take a look at the teams still involved.

Arsenal face Barcelona in Champions League

Arsenal face a stiff task in the last 16 of the Champions League after they were today drawn against Spanish champions Barcelona.

Agger desperate for Poulsen to join him at Anfield

Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger believes international team-mate Christian Poulsen will be "a perfect addition" to Roy Hodgson's squad.

Hangeland signs new Fulham contract

Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland has ended speculation about a January move from Craven Cottage by signing a new thee-and-a-half-year contract.

Backe takes over at Notts County

Notts County have confirmed the appointment of Hans Backe as their new manager.

Eriksson has Backe in frame for Magpies post

Sven Goran Eriksson's former assistant Hans Backe will have talks with Notts County regarding the vacant managerial post at the League Two club. Eriksson, director of football at Meadow Lane, is leading the search for Ian McParland's successor after the Scot was sacked. Backe has won four Danish titles with FC Copenhagen and Aalborg.

Fulham complete Riise signing

Fulham today signed Norway midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise on a three-year contract.

Blackburn seal van Heerden deal

Blackburn have signed midfielder Elrio van Heerden from Club Brugge on a free transfer.

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